Are you someone who will stop and ask for directions? When someone asks for help are you able to provide them with directions? Be it a map, GPS, or your phone, are you good at using the directions provided?
Where do you turn to find directions for life? Do you have a confirmed way? Do you have a dependable resource? Finally, Is there someone you can turn to?
Directions for which path to take:
‘Trust in and rely confidently on the L ord with all your heart And do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him, And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way]. ‘Proverbs 3:5-6
Today’s Verse of the Day:
Firstly, let’s be the dads who turn to God’s Word as our source of direction and truth. Secondly, let’s be the dads who take the scripture in context and allow the Bible to interpret the Bible. Finally, let’s be the dads who grasp the reality of today’s verse of the day and the directions that it provides us.
Directions to the Father
Firstly, remember how ‘In fact under the Law almost everything is cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness [neither release from sin and its guilt, nor cancellation of the merited punishment]. ‘ Hebrews 9:22 and so the blood of Jesus on the cross pays the price once and for all.
Directions of why and how Jesus came because of love
Secondly, God loves us so much that He sent Jesus to open the door to salvation not to condemn the world. ‘ “For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge and condemn the world [that is, to initiate the final judgment of the world], but that the world might be saved through Him. Whoever believes and has decided to trust in Him [as personal Savior and Lord] is not judged [for this one, there is no judgment, no rejection, no condemnation]; but the one who does not believe [and has decided to reject Him as personal Savior and Lord] is judged already [that one has been convicted and sentenced], because he has not believed and trusted in the name of the [One and] only begotten Son of God [the One who is truly unique, the only One of His kind, the One who alone can save him]. ‘ John 3:16-18
Finally, God is love! That love is why and how Jesus fulfilled the Law. ‘Love does no wrong to a neighbor [it never hurts anyone]. Therefore [unselfish] love is the fulfillment of the Law. ‘ Romans 13:10
So let’s consider how we can be the dads using today’s verse of the day to apply God’s Word into our lives and our families.
Directions for living out lives as dads that glorify God:
- Teach your children to follow Jesus as the way, the truth, and the life. Help them understand that there is no other way to have a relationship with God except through Jesus.
- Model your own life after Jesus. Be a loving, compassionate, and forgiving father. Show your children how to live out their faith in practical ways.
- Pray for your children to come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Ask God to give them a hunger for the truth and a desire to seek Him above all else.
- Use the Bible as your guide for parenting. Seek out wisdom and guidance from God’s Word as you raise your children.
- Share your own testimony with your children. Tell them how Jesus has impacted your life and how He can do the same for them.
- Encourage your children to read the Bible for themselves. Provide them with age-appropriate versions of the Bible and help them understand its meaning.
- Help your children see how Jesus is relevant to their everyday lives. Show them how to apply His teachings to their relationships, schoolwork, and hobbies.
- Create a culture of prayer in your family. Pray together as a family, and encourage your children to pray on their own.
- Live out your faith in front of your children. Let them see how your relationship with Jesus impacts your decisions, attitudes, and actions.
- Point your children to Jesus in all things. Whether it’s celebrating a success or dealing with a setback, help them see how Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life in all circumstances.